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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
debwelsch5 Parkville, Missouri
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Parkville, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just visited Umlani for the first time to celebrate our 30th anniversary. What an amazing trip! There is nothing that I would have changed. We saw so many animals and got so very close to them. Every game drive was a new experience and brought new excitement. We saw the big five by the end of... More

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

wow.... thank you .... we are happy you chose Umlani to celebrate your 30th wedding anniversary 'Congratulations". We the Umlani team are super pleased you had an amazing experience and we truely appreciate your recommendation of Umlani to others. Best wishes for the future and we hope to host you for your 40th wedding anniversary . regards Marco More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, we're just back from three days at Umlani Bushcamp. Such thanks to the Schiess family for sharing their gem of a place. I loved the chilled-out family feel. Some private game lodges tend towards the plush, insulated-from-the bush 5-star feel - this is not that. No cell reception; no power (though you can charge phones/cameras on a multi plug... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would like to thank the wonderful Schiess family and their warm, welcoming staff, for a fantastic 3-night stay at Umlani Bush Camp. This was our first time traveling as a family of four - we had a 9-month-old baby and 6-year-old child with us, and the staff could not have been more helpful or accommodating. The bush camp has... More

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

hey David thank you for your review of Umlani we appreciate it .........I am happy to hear that you had a lovely relaxed stay. best regards Marco More

Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed we family and friends at Umlani camp already for the second time. Enjoyed good food, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. You can forget your watch, everything is planed and taken care of, just relax and enjoy all of it.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on tripadvisor I am happy to hear it was your second visit also that you approved of the relaxed atmosphere we hope to welcome you back for a third visit . best regards Marco More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have just returned from Umlani Bushcamp. (11-15 Jun) We stayed there on photographic safari for 4 nights and it was absolutely wonderful. The camp is located deep in the bush on a river bank. Staff are friendly, relaxed and attentive to one's needs. The rooms are special from the point of view that there is no glass... the windows are... More

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review of Umlani it was good to hear that your Wild Eye photo graphic safari was a success. I am glad to hear that it was a wonderful escape and that you found us reasonably priced and would return which we look forward to. best regards Marco More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at Umlani for 3 nights and had a wonderful time thanks to the friendly and professional staff. The accommodations are spacious and neat with an open shower. Because there are no fences, you get a real bush experience. The kitchen staff provides you with the most delicious food everyday. The game drives are really good thanks to the... More

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Thank you for your wonderful specific review of Umlani Bushcamp and for recommending it to everyone. More

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for an amazing stay May 27-30, 2014 at Umlani Bushcamp!! The game viewing rides (twice a day for 3-hrs each) were truly fantastic - so much thanks to our guide and tracker - Chadrick and Robert - you guys were great and our daughters are still talking about you guys (and my wife still talks about her... More

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Thank you for your reviewing Umlani Bushcamp....... I am pleased to hear that you had a great vacation and found the food and service top notch. Hope to see you back one day in the future. More

Hamburg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Excellent for a reset. Getting away from your business and close to nature within seconds. The game drives are an experience. I never have been so close to wild animals, esp. predators! The rangers are well organized.

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Thank you for your review of Umlani , reset is a good analogy for what effect nature has on the human spirit. More

Axminster, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

You feel like you are in the bush, no electricity - oil lamps, open showers, wonderful cuisine and so authentic. The satff are wonderful, the safaris fantastic. The trackers (Elvis & Robert) really try to get you to see the big animals. We saw 8 male rhinos on one trip and we were so close.

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for your review .......... we are pleased you enjoyed the Umlani experience and found the Safaris fantastic and the staff wonderful . We hope to welcome you back again some day . Best regards Marco More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We went to Umlani Bushcamp for 4 nights of our Honeymoon. Rondavel Number 8 Private end Rondavel which suited us perfectly, with sun-loungers for basking in the glorious sunshine after an early morning bush drive. Outside shower, open bathroom. Comfortable very large bed. Shared our room with a Gheko which was fine, he was by the oil burner every evening... More

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Thank you for your informative review , it will help possible travelers decide whether Umlani suits their respective preference . We are very pleased to read that over all , you found the Umlani experience to be excellent and that you loved every second , particularly that you highly recommended Umlani to open minded ,social travelers who like to try... More

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Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Umlani Bushcamp 3*
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Umlani Bushcamp Hotel Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
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Umlani Bushcamp, a rustic yet exclusive lodge, accommodates guests in cozy en-suite reed and thatch rondavels. Early morning and evening game drives are in open four wheel drive vehicles accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers offers exceptional game viewing opportunitys. Umlani makes the whole event personalized and specializes in escorted walks into this unspoiled wilderness. Umlani, meaning Place of Rest, was established in 1990 by Marco and Marie-Louise Schiess, in the central section of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park. Umlani is the perfect nature lovers choice. ... more   less 
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